Dec 4, 2012 4:00pm PST
. let me start tonight with some grave robbing. we're going down into the dark, cold tomb of the late romney campaign. we're going to excavate the murky truths that were the living heart and mind of the defeated republican effort. going to exhume tonight the guts of the thinking that went on and went so wrong. tonight, we get what we only guessed at, the results of which played out in the numbers of election night. the nasty, anti-immigrant politics, the attitude toward that 47%, the failure to turn out the white male vote, the reason romney picked ryan, and the wild prelude to the clint eastwood performance. tonight right here on "hardball," the dark aroma of what lies now beneath the dirt so we can understand what it looks like to think and feel your way into an historic disaster. with me are jeff zeleny with "the new york times" and susan milligan who is contributing editor at "u.s. news & world report." you laugh. it's not funny. you both attended that harvard institute of policy forum. last week with top advisers from both the obama and romney campaigns. they just released, by th
Dec 21, 2012 11:00pm PST
, of course, bowed out. but senator kerry has already been met with a warm reception by senator rob portman, senator bob corker. republicans are saying he's probably going to easily win confirmation because he's probably one of the club. >> let's talk about another member of the club. susan, a much tougher fight would be if he chooses to nominate chuck hagel for defense. the coming attacks on chuck hagel will make the susan rice episode seem kwant. those attacks have already begun. send us hagel and we will make sure that every american knows that he's an anti-semite. he was asked about the influence of apec, a pro-israel lobby. the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i'm a united states senator. i'm not an israeli senator. >> well, i'd certainly think he's going to be put through the ringer more than senator kerry who will be very, very easily confirmed. but hagel has a lot of friends in the senate. not as many as he used to because there's been some turnovers. some of the newer senators don't have the respect and consideration they might have for a former colleague.
Dec 18, 2012 11:00pm PST
you about the preparation that romney had. one source said to me that rob portman, who is the prep guy for romney was throwing fastballs high and tight at romney. so you talk about someone who would act in a certain fashion to get the candidate prepared for the debate. i'm told that portman was really, really tough on romney, and offered no quarter at all. >> and actually, that wasn't a very good prep because the president wasn't that tough. >> not in that first debate. your thoughts. what was the biggest gem? >> the biggest glenn? no. well, i was fascinated by the debate stuff. but one thing that john and i did in this piece was to sort of do this pretty minute-by-minute tick-tock of election night. because it was just weird the way that went down with the long delay. and one of the things that i found out is the obama team, probably with the exception of obama himself were really ticked off at team romney for taking 70, 80 minutes to wait. valerie jarrett was angry. axlerod was angry. and jim messina had to call matt rhodes, mitt romney's campaign messenger and had to send a text
Dec 18, 2012 2:00pm PST
the question to you about the preparation that romney had. one source said to me that rob portman who was the prep guy for romney, was throwing fastballs high and tight at romney. you talk about somebody who was acting in a certain fashion. i'm told that portman was really tough on romney and offered no quarter at all. >> that wasn't a good prep because the president wasn't that tough. >> not that first debate. exactly. >> let me get your thoughts. what was the biggest gem you found in here, glen? the biggest glen -- gem. >> the biggest glen? no. i was fascinated by the debate stuff. but one thing john and i did in this piece is do this minute by minute ticktock of the election night. and one of the things i found out was the obama team were really ticked off at team romney for taking 70, 80 minutes to wait. valerie jarrett was angry. and jim messina actually had to call matt rhodes, left a message and had to send him a text before romney called. >> that's not fair. i think he conceded in fine time. he did it while we were all there awake. john, quickly. >> two fast things. that i